|High School Ice Hockey:
Riggs and Stamm Lead Clearview Comeback
Monday, January 31, 2005
By Mike Costantino
Chris Riggs had a hat trick and Shaun Stamm added two goals as Clearview rallied from a 2-0 deficit and went on to defeat Williamstown 6-4 in first round playoff action for both teams. Clearview will now face Cherokee on Wednesday night at the Skate Zone in Voorhees and Williamstown will move into the loser bracket. Williamstown led 2-0 after the first period on goals by Justin Osterdahl and Tom Ruiz and excellent goaltending by Joshua Haines as he stopped all 18 shots. The second period Clearview continued the pressure and scored three goals in less than two minutes to take a 3-2 lead.
Riggs got Clearview on the board scoring a power play goal with assist to Mike Sullivan and Mike Wolk. On their next shift Sullivan again set-up Riggs to tie the score at 2-2. Thirty-eight seconds later Jim Fritz gave Clearview a 3-2 lead with his first playoff goal but Ruiz would tie the game at 3-3 on the power play just ninety seconds later. The back breaker came with Williamstown having the man advantage in the final two minutes of the period and Fritz sent Riggs in and his short-handed goal put Clearview ahead 4-3 as we headed into the third period. The period began with Clearview having a two-man advantage and Stamm converting on a feed from Sullivan and Fritz to give Clearview some breathing room at 5-3. Ruiz got one back as he scored a short-handed goal to cut the lead to 5-4. But Eric Mattson found Stamm midway through the period for his second goal and Clearview held on for the 6-4 victory.